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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photophysics of Organic Solar Cells.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 31st March 2021.
The postdoctoral research assistant will be part of a GCRF project called START (Synchrotron Techniques for African Research and Technology). This project will build a partnership between world leading scientists in Africa and the UK who specialise in two strands of science; developing and characterising novel energy materials (catalysts and photovoltaics) and structural biology (understanding disease and developing drug targets).
The focus of this role at Oxford will be on the optoelectronic and photophysical characterisation of organic solar cells, in particular the characteristics of full device stacks, their performance and loss mechanisms. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with our partners (material synthesis, synchrotron techniques) and involve fabrication of organic thin film devices based on small molecules and using vacuum deposition methods here in Oxford. Together, we will seek to develop structure-property relationships between organic small molecules and their performance in solar cells, and use these to improve the devices further. The postholder will be expected to adapt and develop scientific techniques, collaborate in the preparation of reports and journal articles, undertake literature reviews and write up results for publication, represent the group at external meetings and co-ordinate with the project partners. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Applicants should possess, or be near to completion of a doctorate in Physics, Material Science, Engineering or Chemistry and ideally have a strong background in the fabrication and optoelectronic characterisation of full devices, ideally solar cells, made from organic semiconductors or other advanced functional materials like hybrid perovskites.
Previous experience in the field of organic solar cell device physics and characterisation know how will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a high degree of motivation and independence, the ability to interpret results independently, demonstrable interpersonal skills and the aptitude to work effectively as part of a team.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Moritz Riede ( moritz.riede@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday Monday 23rd July 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.
To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:
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Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 23 July 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Mechanical Design Engineer

Central Physics

Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Design Engineer in the Engineers group within the Department of Physics which provides design support for Physics research. The post is available initially for a fixed-term of 3 years.

The successful candidate will design, analyse and arrange for the production of components, mechanical moving parts, test rigs and experimental equipment for Physics research and teaching. A large fraction of the work is in the area of precision instrumentation for experimental physics, some of it at cryogenic operating temperatures. Ability to develop a concept into something practical and take ‘ownership’ of it is essential.

Applicants should possess a degree in Mechanical Engineering or have equivalent experience, and have a strong background in the use of 3-D mechanical CAD design software with sound knowledge of established drawing standards and design methods and with a good understanding of the mechanical behaviour of structures.

Previous experience in a scientific environment will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate that they can manage projects from conceptual design to the manufacturing and final assembly and testing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Johan Fopma(johan.fopma@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 20th August 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 20 August 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Mechanical Workshop Technician

Central Physics

Applications are invited for a Mechanical Workshop Technician vacancy within the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics. The post is full time and permanent.

The successful candidate will join the busy Mechanical Workshop Team within one of the largest departments within the University.

The role will involve the installation, modification and repair of equipment required for teaching and research, including the fitting and assembly of components, sub-assemblies and complete equipment to appropriate precision and other standards, effectively interpreting engineering drawings and calculations and quickly identifying inconsistencies, advising academic, research support and other staff and graduate students on the mechanical production aspects involved in their research or other activities. A key aspect of the role is the efficient and safe operation of the full range of standard mechanical workshop machines and other processes.

Additional duties will include installation, modification and maintenance of apparatus and equipment at sites away from Oxford both within the UK and overseas.

Applicants should preferably hold a BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Mechanical or Production Engineering or an equivalent qualification. Lower qualifications would be considered if offset by experience significantly greater than the minimum specified above. Previous experience in the field of high technology research and development and computer controlled machining is essential.

The successful candidates will have previous experience of manufacturing components using CNC and standard machines and fitting them into assemblies and complete pieces of equipment required for research.

Additional relevant qualifications and/or experience would be advantageous.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Mike Tacon (mike.tacon@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Friday 31st August 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 31 August 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

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